Cattle truck closes highway
SEVENTY seven head of cattle were on board a Kenworth double-decker stock carrier when it rolled over on the Summerland Way, just north of Old Grevillia, on Saturday at about 10am.
Six of the injured cattle had to be put down.
The driver managed to escape unhurt but was badly shaken by the ordeal.
Leading Senior Constable Mathew Nixon with the Richmond LAC Highway Patrol said the ambulance had been called to attend the driver.
“The driver of the truck is fine,” he said.
“He wasn’t fatigued and all alcohol and drug tests were negative.”
The south-bound lane on the Summerland Way was closed for over seven hours while a heavy tow truck made its way from Grafton to clear the road of the overturned truck.
Snr Const Nixon said theremaining cattle would be transported in another stock truck some time over the weekend.
The surviving cattle were directed to a nearby paddock belonging to local resident, Ray Ryan, and his son Damien, 15.
“First thing I knew something was wrong was when I saw a whole lot of cattle running up the laneway near our neighbour’s place,” Damien said.
“They had got out the back of the truck from the toplevel.
“The SES came and had to cut the back door to get the bottom cattle out.”
Mr Ryan was not surprised that the accident should have happened near his property.
“This is a bugger of a corner,” Mr Ryan said as he pointed to the sharp bend in the road where the truck had rolled.
“A couple of years ago a scrap metal truck went over and the driver was killed.
“The driver of this truck has been down this way many times.
“He said he’d felt the load shift to one side just before he went over.”
The RSPCA and Kyogle Rural Fire Service were also in attendance at the scene.